Comments for This Is Why You Shouldn"t Interrupt a Programmer
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- CChristian Münster @Cpmonster2019-10-22 08:24:18.106Z
As a technical person who supports normal people every day, I'm crazy about this strip.
But; normal people dont understand this c=1 stuff.
If you made one with spreadsheets, vlookup in external spreadsheets or similar, something normal people understand.
I brought this strip to a sales / economics meetings, debating the use of developers resources.
Not one (normal) person understood this drawing.
As soon as it was explained using spreadsheet and other office related software, they understood right away.
Now we have silence in the R/D department.
- RIn reply toUnknown [DwE4KFYW2]:Robin2013-10-29 04:12:13.000Z
Uh, yeah... maybe use a better example than a single-character comparison with a resulting single-command body, like a case of serious programming logic that actually takes some time to get in and out of when being disturbed.
Meanwhile, everyone else coming here from HN enjoyed the subtle humour in this strip. But not Robin, the troll.
Lukas Eder, just because Robin's opinion differs from yours it does not mean that he's a "troll".
It makes you look like the boy who cried wolf when you make false accusations like that.
Nobody will take you seriously because of your false alarms, and we will ignore anything and everything that you write.
How does it make him look like the buy who cried wolf dipshit?
WTF are you talking about seriously?
Because if he throws the accusation around like confetti it loses its value. Just like the boy who cried wolf, if you use the term when it's not appropriate people will refuse to believe you when it is. I would have thought it was obvious.
Maybe, just maybe, you don't know everything and sometimes the dipshit is you.
- In reply toLukas Eder⬆:
Maybe we should outsource this project to Robin.
- In reply toLukas Eder⬆:
Actually, Robin's opinion is intelligent. He was actually suggesting a different rendition of the graphic which for him fits. Ego has to be left behind when we relieve ourselves with stress.. Making negative arguments is not healthy.. Cheers lads! Nice illustration though.. I like it and showed around. Thanks..
Wow, you can almost smell that wet blanket aroma!
The point is to show that a simple piece of code can lead to a whole complicated mess of thoughts. It's also easier for non-programmers to understand, which is basically who this comic is mainly for.
Uh, yeah... maybe use an avatar that doesn't look like a big black cock.
You're so smart, I bet you make friends wherever you go. I am beyond jealous...
That's the whole point: That even a single, innocuous line can have far reaching and intricate implications. I would make a derogatory comment about your experience not enlightening you that some of the most basic changes require major insight in complex systems, but you've done it for me :(
I refuse to take 1 bit of advice from some 2-bit troll whose avatar resembles an 8-bit cock
Robin, if this is a joke, it's one of the funniest I've seen. This thread is genius, T-shirt worthy. Hope for ur sake it was a joke!
Because it's easier for the interrupting party to understand
- CIn reply toUnknown [DwE4KFYW2]:Craig2013-10-29 06:51:05.000Z
The first stick figure should be wearing headphones. It rarely works, but it's the universal programmer sign for "I'm thinking right now."
Coders often put on headphones to block out the sound from all the other people in the shared office space. To think and not be distracted.
People ignore this, and interrupt them (us) anyway with useless conversation.
It's universal - it rarely works.
- In reply toColeman⬆:
I don't know if you realise this, but two things that are orthogonal are _not_ mutually exclusive.
> 1 of or involving right angles; at right angles.
> 2 Statistics (of variates) statistically independent.
> • (of an experiment) having variates which can be treated as statistically independent.
In other words, X can change without affecting Y at all, so something can be anywhere on the spectrum from universal to not universal and that has no bearing on where it can be on the spectrum from works every time to never works.
- In reply toCraig⬆:
Yep. One time someone came in and quietly stood by my desk until I noticed him. Literally just stood there. I ignored him for a little bit hoping he'd think "oh, Dave's in the zone" but no dice. After pausing my music, removing the headphones, and asking what I could do for him (without sounding as annoyed as I felt), he asked if I got the ticket for a report request he sent moments before getting up to walk to my desk on his way to the break room. A lot of tongue biting was had that day. The sales/marketing staff always seemed to be worse than managers and their impromptu "lightning session status meeting" before they punch out 6 hours into the work day.
- In reply toCraig⬆:
You can augment the headphones with this to improve the disturbance ratio.
- B5In reply toUnknown [DwE4KFYW2]:Bouillon Logic2013-10-29 08:33:33.000Z
I've actually had headphones on, chat disabled, and a sign on my desk saying "No Interruptions Please" and **still** had some clown interrupt just to ask how it's going.
- M3In reply toUnknown [DwE4KFYW2]:MadHattr2013-10-29 08:39:11.000Z
The link for the PDF is broken. And I need this to show my boss what he's doing every time he pops in for an hourly 'status update'. NEED.